Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament

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July, 2022

Lake Michigan fishing yields some great salmon, and now’s your chance to grab some big money along with those fish! The Ludington Offshore Classic sponsored by Captain Chuck’s takes place each July. This tournament is open to any boat 18′ or longer equipped with a marine radio. Registrations must be completed online. Shotgun starts are at 6am and by 2pm, all boats must be inside the pier heads (except for Youth Tournament, where boats must be in by noon). Weigh-ins occur in a drive-through fashion in the parking lot at 3pm at Waterfront Park. There will be no food, drink, or merchandise available on site.

Over 100 boats entered last year’s tournament. The 2021 winner in the pro division was the crew of Blue Fairways and they claimed the $10,000 top prize. The winner of the Big Boys competition was the team from Elsie K. They took home $23,800 for first place.

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Typical Ludington Offshore Fishing Classic Schedule of Events:

Monday
6pm – Big Boys captains meeting, held virtually.

Tuesday
LUDINGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC BIG BOYS
6am – Shotgun start
2pm – Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads
10am-3pm – Weigh-in, Waterfront Park parking lot

Wednesday
LUDINGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC BIG BOYS
6am – Shotgun Start
2pm – Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads
10am-3pm – Weigh-in, Waterfront Park parking lot
4pm – Awards broadcast on Facebook Live

Thursday
RUBOY THURSDAY SHOOT-OUT
6am – Shotgun Start
2pm – Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads
3pm – Weigh-in, Waterfront Park parking lot
4pm – Awards broadcast on Facebook Live
6pm – Dreamweaver Lures Youth Classic and Bud Light Ladies Pro/Am captains meeting, held virtually

Friday
DREAMWEAVER LURES YOUTH CLASSIC
6am – Shotgun start
12noon – Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads
11am-1pm – Weigh-in at Pavilion
Awards immediately following weighin, broadcast on Facebook Live

Friday
BUD LIGHT LADIES PRO/AM
6am – Shotgun Start, 6am
2pm – Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads
12noon-3pm – Weigh-in, Waterfrong Park parking lot
4pm – Ladies awards broadcast on Facebook Live
6pm – Ludington Offshore Classic Pro/Am captains’ meeting, held virtually

Saturday
LUDINGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC PRO/AM
6am – Shotgun Start
10am-3pm – Weigh-in, Waterfront Park parking lot
1pm – Amateur boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads
1pm – Amateurs weigh-in, Waterfront Park parking lot
2pm – Pro boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads
2pm – Pros weigh-in, Waterfront Park parking lot

Sunday
LUDINGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC PRO/AM
6am – Shotgun Start
10am-3pm – Weigh-in, Waterfront Park parking lot
1pm – Amateur boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads
1pm – Amateurs weigh-in, Waterfront Park parking lot
2pm – Pro boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads
2pm – Pros weigh-in, Waterfront Park parking lot
4pm – Offshore Classic Awards broadcast on Facebook Live

Some have called the Ludington tournament one of most organized and best run tournaments in four states, and it is the largest freshwater salmon tournament in the United States.

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Payouts are based upon number of entries. Anticipated winnings for the top three places are:

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
Ludington Offshore Classic Big Boys

THURSDAY
Ruboy Thursday Shoot-Out

  • $3,000 1st Place
  • $1,500 2nd Place
  • $700 3rd Place
  • $500 Big Fish Prize

FRIDAY
Dreamweaver Lures Youth Classic (17 years and younger)

  • $3,000 1st Place
  • $2,000 2nd Place
  • $1,000 3rd Place

Bud Light Ladies Pro/Am

  • $1,000 1st place each division
  • $500 1st place each division, Big Fish

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Off-Shore Classic Pro/Am

  • $10,000 1st Place Pro (based on 30 boats). 100% payout guaranteed.

Captain Chuck’s Big Fish Tournament

  • $2,000 1st Place
  • $1,500 2nd Place
  • $1,000 3rd Place

For more information on the Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament, please contact the event organizer:

Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce

5300 W. US-10, Ludington, MI  49431

(231) 845-0324

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